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Movie News–updates on Teen books being made into movies

There’s been a bunch of updates recently on teen books that are being made into movies:

MTV.com is reporting that Lauren Oliver’s Delirium may be a movie.  Fox 2000 has purchased screen rights for the book.  It was reported last summer that Oliver’s other book Before I Fall was optioned by Fox 2000. Click here to read Renee’s review of Delirium.  Also here’s the book trailer for Delirium:

–Fox 2000 has also planning for a followup for the movie Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, according to MTV.com.  This next movie would be The Sea of Monsters, the second book in the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan.  The original movie did not do that well, but I guess the fan base for the books series is what Fox is hoping will ensure the success of the second movie.

Variety is reporting that three actress are vying for the lead role of Katniss in The Hunger Games movie.  The front runner is Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone), and the other two actresses are Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) and Abigail Breslin (Zombieland, Little Miss Sunshine).  Lawrence is 20 years old and Steinfeld and Breslin are both 14, so they are closer to Katniss’ age which has been said to be playing an important part is determining the lead.  Click here for an interesting article on Racebending.com where they discuss how Katniss’ race and body type are not being well represented by those who are auditioning because the casting call was asking for young women who are Caucasian and “look underfed but strong.”  I would like to know how someone underfed can also look strong…?

–Finally, The Hollywood Reporterhas reported that Kristin Stewart is the favorite of movie makers to play the lead role of Snow White in the movie Snow White and the HuntsmenRed Riding Hood, also a edgy-ily redone fairy tale movie, comes out in theaters this weekend.  If Red Riding Hood does well, then Snow White and the Huntsmen may be the second movie in a trend of remaking fairy tale movies…

Movie Recommendations for Teens by Teens

Looking for some movie recommendations?  Check out what some of our teen patrons are watching below:

"I saw the movie Eclipse.  It is the third movie in the Twilight series.  It was one of my favorite movie."
Find The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, at the Library by clicking here.

"The movie 2012 was good because it showed what the Mayans believe is going to happen to the world. I like the graphics they did to create this movie."
Find 2012, at the Library by clicking here.

"I like to watch The A-Team.  It has action but also humor.  I'd say it's the best movie."
Find The A-Team, at the Library by clicking here.

"I watched Transformers.  It was a good movie.  It had a lot of action."
Find Transformers, at the Library by clicking here.

"I watched Hannah Montana: the movie.  It was about her real life.  It was about her family and her experience.  It was a good movie."
Find Hannah Montana: the movie, at the Library by clicking here.

"I watched Invictus.  It was about rugby, a true story.  It was good."
Find Invictus, at the Library by clicking here.

"A movie I have watched is Tooth Fairy.  It was fun and exciting.  Derek Thompson is summoned to be a tooth fairy.  He turns out the be the worst tooth fairy but seems to figure it out."
Find Tooth Fairy, at the Library by clicking here.

What are you watching that you would recommend?

If you like I am Number Four…

Did you see the movie, I am Number Four, and love it?  Have you read the book and are eagerly awaiting the sequel?  Then check out these books and movie today at the Library:

Books
The Dangerous Days of Daniel X by James Patterson

As a young boy with unexplained abilities, Daniel witnesses the death of his parents at the hands of an evil alien.  Now 15, alien hunter Daniel X is closer than ever to avenging his parents’ deaths.

 

 

 

Stuck on Earth  by David Klass

A small snail like alien has taken over the body of a 14 year old bully.  The alien’s goal: to determine if there is any reason why mankind should be saved from the planned obliteration of the earth.

 

 

 

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Ender Wiggin, six-years-old and seemingly a genius, is beginning his education at battle school in space.  The novel follows him through the age of twelve, where he has earned respect and is being counted on to battle invading aliens.

 

 

 

the Host book coverThe Host by Stephenie Meyer

Melanie is a human who has just been taken over by an alien.  However, Melanie is a strong soul and fights against her alien invader.  As a human, Melanie was obsessed with finding her human friends and fighting against the alien invaders.  The alien is unsure of her role in taking over a human body, and does not truly know if she wants to be in a human body.  This leads to a complicated coexistence that intensifies when the two entities in one body are captured by a group of humans in hiding.

 

 

Gone Gone book coverby Michael Grant

Everyone over the age of 13 has disappeared within the 20 mile radius of Perdido Beach, CA.  Those left have to figure out how to survive, why those remaining disappear at age 14, their developing superpowers, and why there is an invisible wall that prevents them from escaping the 20 mile radius.

 

 

 

Movies
Jumper
David has the power to jump, which allows him to teleport himself anywhere in the world.  What David doesn’t know, though, is that there has been a war raging for centuries between the jumpers and those bent on killing them.
Rated PG-13

 

 

 

Transformers

The autobots verus the decepticons.  A war between these two alien races comes to earth and stuck in the middle are two teens, one who possesses the map to a magical talisman hidden on earth that could mean victory for whichever alien race finds it first.
Rated PG-13

 

 

Race to Witch Mountain

Two teens enlist the help of cab driver and ex-con, Jack Bruno, to drive them to a remote location outside of Las Vegas.  What Jack doesn’t know is that the teens are really aliens who have been collecting data in order to try and save the earth from destruction–something that the military on their home planet are willing to kill the two aliens to accomplish.
Rated PG

 

 

Serenity Book CoverSerenity

Serenity is the name of a space ship run by a crew of renegades in the future that resembles a spaced aged wild west.  Recently, the crew has taken on a troubled young girl, River, and her brother, a doctor.  River, who has extraordinary powers, knows something that the Alliance, the ruling body of power, will do whatever it takes to keep quiet.
Rated PG-13

 

 

 

Tron Legacy

Sam is the son of the man who was once the world’s greatest video game creator.  But Sam’s father has disappeared, and when Sam tries to track down his father he is pulled into the alternate reality where his father and now Sam are trapped.  Together they must fight to escape.
Rated PG

More Teen Novels Being Made into Movies!

The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell
According to MTV.com, studios are looking to make the teen novel The Carrie Diaries, about the teen version of the Sex and the City character Carrie Bradshaw, into a movie.  But if you’ve read the book you know that it was set in the 80’s, so to keep this movie hip and appealing it is rumored that it will not be younger versions of Carrie, Samantha, Miranda, and Charlotte.  Instead they will be introducing a new set of young women who are just as interesting and stylish.  Who would be the first choice to play the lead Carrie Bradshaw-ish role — Blake Lively of course!  Click here to find The Carrie Diaries at the Library.

 

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
MTV.com has interviewed Roberto Oci who is working on writing the screen adaptation for Ender’s Game alongside Alex Kurtzman and with director Gavin Hood.  Ender’s Game is a classic science fiction novel where the main character Ender Wiggin, who is six-years-old and seemingly a genius, is beginning his education at battle school in space.  The novel follows him through the age of twelve, where he has earned respect and is being counted on to battle invading aliens.  The series, Ender’s Saga, has 10 books in total.  Click here to find Ender’s Game at the Library.

 

 

The Hostthe Host book cover by Stephenie Meyer
Slashfilm is reporting
that the big screen adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s The Host now has a director, Susanna White.  While technically not a novel written for teens, The Host is Meyer’s only other book outside of the Twilight Saga.  It centers on an earth much like the one that we know today, but where aliens have invaded and taken over the human race.  These aliens use human bodies as their hosts.  They invade the body and take over as the human “soul” withers away.  There are humans who fight against the aliens and who have been forced into a guerrilla nomadic existence.  Melanie is a human who has just been taken over by an alien.  However, Melanie is a strong soul and fights against her alien invader.  As a human Melanie was obsessed with finding her human friends and fighting against the alien invaders.  The alien is unsure of her role in taking over a human body, and does not truly know if she wants to be in a human body.  This leads to a complicated coexistence that intensifies when the two entities in one body are captured by a group of humans in hiding.  Click here to find The Host at the Library.

A ton of teen novels are being turned into movies!

Next weekend (February 18) the movie I am Number Four hits theaters.  I am sure you have seen trailers for the movie.  If not, here’s the latest one:

Click here and you can also find the book I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore at the Library.

On March 18, the movie Beastly will be released.  Beastly by Alex Flinn is a really great read.  Flinn’s retelling is of the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale is really authentic and I enjoyed how she updated the classic tale to fit in modern times.  Click here to find Beastly by Alex Flinn at the Library!

Of course there’s also Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2 out on July 15, 2011 and the Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn part 1 on November 18, 2011.

Here are a bunch of Teen novels that are either rumored to be in production or are definitely in pre-production:

Incarceron by Catherine Fischer
According to Deadline, Taylor Lautner will play the character of Finn in the movie production. It is also rumored that Emma Watson is being considered for the female lead as Claudia.  The book’s setting is in one giant prison, Incarceron, a technologically advanced structure with a mind of its own.  Finn is inside the prison, and cannot remember his past but feels that he does not belong in Incarceron.  Claudia, is on the outside of the prison and the warden’s daughter.  She is longing to escape her arranged marriage.  Both Finn and Claudia try to help each other escape their respective prisons.  Look for Incarceron, the movie, in 2013, but find the book in the Library by clicking here!

 

The Perks of Being a WallflowerThe Perks of Being a Wallflower book cover by Stephen Chbosky
According to this report, Emma Watson and Logan Lerman are already on board to play Sam and Charlie, respectively.  The exciting news is something that usually doesn’t happen when a book gets turned into a movie–Stephen Chbosky, the author, will be writing and directing the movie.  Click here to find The Perks of Being a Wallflower in the Library’s catalog and read this classic teen novel today!

 

The City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Deadline is also reporting that Lily Collins will star in the movie production of Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series.  Collins will play the character Clary Fray.  The movie, which looks to be coming out in 2012, will be based on the first book in the series The City of Bones.  In the first book of the series, we meet Clary who is dragged into the world of the Shadowhunters when she and her mother are both targeted by the demons.  Click here to find City of Bones in the Library!

 

 

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
According to this article, Selena Gomez has just recently been added to the film and she will play Hannah Baker.  It should be interesting to see how this movie develops because in the book, Hannah Baker has committed suicide and before she died she recorded 13 reasons onto cassette tapes about why she killed herself.  Clay, the main character in the novel, receives these tapes and has to figure out why he is connected to Hannah’s suicide.  Will we only hear Selena’s voice in the movie?  Click here to find Thirteen Reasons Why at the Library.

 

RUMORED: Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
IMDB is reporting that Vince Vaughn is going to produce this movie in 2012.

Of course there’s also the Hunger Games movie which I previously posted about.  No update yet on who will be starring in the film.